On Jan. 26, Chris Tabing gave us a rambling effort to justify unrestricted gun access. His opaque reasoning for guns contrasts sharply with the gun tragedies the nation experiences almost weekly. He vainly attempts to glorify total gun access as that being the intention of our founding fathers and their brilliant design must not be watered down by any executive order or misguided judge. In contrast to that view I believe gun access was necessary at the time of the adoption of the 2nd Amendment because the conditions existing on our frontier and its continuing westward expansion. Such an undertaking entailed great risk, danger, and the need for firearms protection. That justification does not exist today.
Tabing then goes on to make the absurd claim that reducing total gun access inhibits our manhood and self-reliance. He further believes that gun control “is an affront to the rule of law and an insidious effort to destroy the standards and principles upon which this nation was founded.” He continues with more raving foolishness. My view is that for many of these gun aficionados the gun is a phallic symbol and they receive pleasure from fondling, stroking and rubbing their weapon. The only way we can, as a nation, reduce the horrible tragedies from guns is to greatly improve gun control and reduce gun access.
Lee R. Pitzer, O’Fallon